One day this summer, a local 25-year veteran teacher heard from a colleague that a 9-year-old student said she wanted to die and tried to swallow a pencil. Luckily, the teacher had participated in the County’s free Youth Mental Health First Aid training the day before and knew just what to do. The teacher immediately recognized the student’s mental health warning signs and sprang into action.
Heart attack myth #1: Chest pain is always a symptom of a heart attack. Actually, you can have a heart attack without feeling chest pain at all. That’s why it’s important to learn the symptoms and call 9-1-1 right away if you or a loved one is experiencing any of them:
Chest discomfort: tightening, pressure or pain
Upper body pain: pain in the neck, jaw, shoulders or arms
Shortness of breath
Nausea, sweating, dizziness
Heart attack myth #2: Heart attacks are always dramatic. Not everything you see on TV is true. Someone having a heart attack won’t always clutch his or her chest and fall over. Sometimes the symptoms of a heart attack are hard...